One of the oldest museums in the entire South India, the State Archaeological Museum also known as the Telangana Archaeology Museum is a treasure trove of numerous ancient exhibits not just from India but some from outside the country as well. Visit the museum and a journey into the bygone era and especially the era of the Nizams.
Timing: 10:30 am to 5 pm
Location: 5-10-193, I Floor, HACA Bhavan, P G Road, Hyderabad, Telangana
Entry Fees: Rs10 for Adults, Rs5 for Children
The Telangana State Archaeological Museum, formerly known as Hyderabad Museum/AP State Archaeology Museum, is one of the significant museums in Hyderabad and one of the oldest museums in entire South India. The museum is the result of the efforts of the last Nizam of the state who wanted to preserve the heritage and legacy of the place and the country despite being under British rule. in 1915, the Department of Archaeology was created under the administration of the last Nizam of Hyderabad for the purpose of excavating and preserving the historically significant relics and monuments.
The Archaeology Museum was established in 1930 in the Public Garden when the number of relics and other historical articles increased. It was in 1952 that the items in the museum were transferred from the original location to the current location. The Telangana State Archaeology Museum is a popular tourist attraction and can be visited by people of all age groups and interests. With distinct galleries each presenting an impressive range of exhibits, visitors can see ancient artifacts from stones sculptures to modern paintings, from bronze works to manuscripts to various textiles, and a collection of works of contemporary artists as well.
The museum has galleries of bronze artifacts, Armor, Numismatics, stone sculptures, manuscripts, modern paintings, textiles, etc., which illustrate the bygone era in detail. Other highlights in the museum include the replica of the Ajanta Paintings which is the only museum to have those in ownership along with an Egyptian Mummy bought by the son-in-law of VI Nizam Mahbub Ali Khan for 1000 pounds. A copy of the Holy Quran with the seal from Shah Jahan is also kept in the museum. The museum is constructed in the Indo-Saracenic style and boasts an exquisite interior that enhances the overall experience of the place.